Malcolm Kennedy scored 21 points and made a couple of key late plays to help York edge Rock Hill in boys’ basketball Dec. 5, 2017. Year from Kennedy and Cougars coach Michael Gossett after the win. Bret McCormick bmccormick@heraldonline.com
Malcolm Kennedy scored 21 points and made a couple of key late plays to help York edge Rock Hill in boys’ basketball Dec. 5, 2017. Year from Kennedy and Cougars coach Michael Gossett after the win. Bret McCormick bmccormick@heraldonline.com

High School Sports

High school roundup: Anderson leads Rock Hill girls to win at York; Cougars edge Bearcats in boys’ game

Staff reports

December 05, 2017 08:57 PM

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Rock Hill 66, York 44

Rock Hill left York behind in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s girls’ basketball game and pulled away for a 66-44 win in a non-region game at York.

Rock Hill standout RiKoya Anderson finished with 28 points, making six 3-pointers and grabbing double-digit rebounds, while fellow senior Tee Ballard had 23. Natalee Graham and Abbey Baker led York with 11 and Ramsey Green pitched in 10.

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Rock Hill (4-0) scored the game’s first eight points, Anderson hitting a 3, then deflecting a pass for Ballard to steal and score. The Bearcats hit four first quarter 3-pointers and led 23-7.

York (2-4) gradually reeled in the visitors and a hot start to the second half saw Jordy McCoy’s team get within two (39-37) after Abbey Baker stole an offensive rebound, scored and was fouled. The Cougars’ zone defense slowed down the speeding Bearcats, so Kenny Orr’s group started to work the ball inside and was rewarded with a game-winning 18-2 run to close the third quarter and start the fourth.

Winthrop signee RiKoya Anderson scorched the nets from three-point range during Rock Hill’s girls’ basketball win over York. Hear from Anderson, Rock Hill coach Kenny Orr and York coach Jordy McCoy. Bret McCormickbmccormick@heraldonline.com

Nation Ford 52, Boiling Springs 28

Nation Ford topped Boiling Springs 52-28 in a non-region game at Nation Ford Tuesday night.

Sami Tuipulotu led Nation Ford (5-0) with 14 points. Kelci Adams and Amiah Lindsay joined her in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Lancaster 49, Fort Mill 32

Lancaster defeated Fort Mill 49-32 in a non-region game at Fort Mill Tuesday night.

Zaria Woods led Lancaster (3-2) with 27 points and 12 rebounds.

Northwestern 63, Chester 24

Northwestern downed Chester 63-24 in a non-region game at Northwestern Tuesday night.

Great Falls 45, Witmire 22

Great Falls routed Whitmire 45-22 in a non-region game at Great Falls Tuesday night.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

York 60, Rock Hill 56

York knocked off visiting Rock Hill 60-56 Tuesday night to make it two boys’ basketball wins in two days to start the week.

York (2-2), fresh off a 64-62 win over Gaffney Monday, held on in a back and forth contest. Malcolm Kennedy led the Cougars, who only have four returning varsity players, with 21 points and Cameron Jones pitched in 17 and Tabari Moore 15. Antonio Barber led the Bearcats with 26.

Rock Hill (0-4) led 53-52 late when Kennedy banged in a left corner 3 to put the Cougars in front with 1 minute, 13 seconds left. Kennedy then leaked out after a Rock Hill miss, drove into the lane and dumped off a pass to Jameel Brooks for the lay-in while being fouled. He missed the free throw with 45.5 seconds left and the Bearcats’ Barber swished a 3 from the corner at the other end to cut York’s lead to 57-56 with 25.3 ticks left.

Out of the ensuing timeout, Rock Hill fouled Jones, who made both parts of a 1-and-1 for a 59-56 Cougar lead. A Rock Hill 3 missed, Jones rebounded the miss and made 1-of-2 free throws to ice the win.

Malcolm Kennedy scored 21 points and made a couple of key late plays to help York edge Rock Hill in boys’ basketball Dec. 5, 2017. Year from Kennedy and Cougars coach Michael Gossett after the win. Bret McCormickbmccormick@heraldonline.com

Nation Ford 85, Boiling Springs 67

Nation Ford placed four players in double figures and topped Boiling Springs 85-67 in a non-region game at Nation Ford Tuesday night.

Ben Tuipulotu led the way for Nation Ford with 22 points. Eric Moulds folllowed with 16, while Zeb Graham and Khy Smith added 15 and 14 respectively.

Nation Ford is 5-0 on the year.

Chester 77, Northwestern 73

Chester edged Northwestern 77-73 in a non-region game at Northwestern Tuesday night.

Great Falls 78, Whitmire 27

Great Falls raced to a 51-14 lead at halftime and routed Whitmire 78-27 in a non-region game at Great Falls Tuesday night.

Kelton Talford led Great Falls (3-0) with 19 points. Donnell Adams amd Jaylen Dunham added 12 to the attack.

WRESTLING

Rock Hill wins twice

Rock Hill won a pair of non-region matches at Lugoff-Elgin Tuesday night.

The Bearcats topped Spring Valley 59-21 and edged Lugoff-Elgin 34-33.